MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Floridians need to stay alert through the weekend for changes in the Tropics.

Tropical depression number four formed Saturday afternoon and computer models show it possibly being in the vicinity of the Bahamas or near the east coast of Florida early next week.

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Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer and the CBS4 Weather Team will be monitoring the depression.

Watch the update by Meteorologist John Gerard, click here.

The depression is located 90 miles north northeast of Great Inagua Island and 355 miles east of Nassau.

It is moving toward the northwest at 9 mph with a northwestward motion expected to continue Saturday night and Sunday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph.

The Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for the southeastern Bahamas including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, The Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.

A tropical storm warning is also up for the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Central Bahamas including Cat Island, The Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

Hurricane Hunter aircraft will continue to investigate the system.

The system will move northwestward over or near the southeastern Bahamas Saturday and the central Bahamas Sunday.

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Four to eight inches of rain is expected over the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, and central Bahamas through Tuesday. Isolated 12-inch totals are possible.

Strong winds and heavy rain are likely over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

Tropical storm force winds could be over the southeastern Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the central Bahamas through Sunday night.

If the system forms into a tropical storm or hurricane, it will be named Cristobal.

Now is the time to review your family’s hurricane plan.

Check out the CBS4 2014 Hurricane Guide

Download the CBS4 Weather App and learn how to use the app by clicking here.


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